Basseterre: Nathan McCullum hit 50 and took two wickets plus a crucial catch to lead New Zealand to a 88-run victory over West Indies in the third one-day international on Thursday  to cut the hosts' lead to 2-1 in the five-match series.

McCullum hit four boundaries and a six from 70 as New Zealand reached 249-9 off 50 overs at Warner Park.

He then took 2-40 from six overs, removing big-hitting Kieron Pollard (16) and Darren Sammy (7) and catching Dwayne Smith (19) off Jacob Oram, who claimed 2-22 from seven overs.

Opener Rob Nicol top-scored for New Zealand with 59 off 69 deliveries while B.J. Watling also chipped in with 40.

West Indies' run chase never got going, with the hosts being bowled out for 161 off 34.3 overs.


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